Anarcho Punk Dance Party

by Austerity

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1.
Aaaaaaaaaaargh! (A monster is looming over us!) I guess what I'm worried about is the hegemonic state of neo-liberalism. The fact we're offered a small state or a large state but neo-liberal capitalism is a given. A far right economic ideology has been common-sensified to the extent where members of the public don't even discuss it. The centre ground has shifted so far to the right that what should truly be considered centre-left social democratic projects are considered radical. Its worrying. What looks like an exchange of equivalence is actually systemic exploitation. The structural nature of relations demands that labour power is bought for less than its worth creating a surplus. Capital. The post-industrial pattern remains regimented, tied to its Fordist roots, but the veneer of productivity has worn thin. Work is meaningless, dull and false. Alienation and dehumanisation is total. Leisure is completely reified to the point where labour is self-justifying. Our entire lives are subject to the whims of capital. We're zealous about trivialities. We make tiny aggressions out of thin air and discuss them endlessly, but that's not enough. I worry that we're involved only in minor disruptions to hegemony. Maybe that's all capital allows us. There are people floating across the Med on rafts, the president of the USA is fucking insane, China is a totalitarian nightmare, and we're truly fucked. Capitalism strengthens itself. Cultural hegemony everywhere we look. Ideology is sinister and omnipresent. Does the economy work for us, or do we work for the economy? Maybe we need to find innovative modes of resistance. Affect concrete change rather than symbolic disruptions. The proletariat no longer exists, or if it does it exists in a radically different form. The next revolution won't be organised on the factory floor or in the offices of a 'revolutionary' political party. The revolution will be made on the dance-floor, on the streets, in the pubs. We need to insert cultural revolutionary ideas into our everyday lives. We won't be judged by our words, we'll be judged by our praxis. I guess I just feel like capitalism is so vast and sophisticated, its hard to know how to attack it. Where are the chinks in its armour? Its hard to know how to resist. I feel powerless, because I am, but not for long. Industrialisation creates ruthless exploitation, but also the tools needed to escape a world of scarcity. Its down to us to seize the initiative. Rise up and demand a fairer world, a more sustainable world, a world we can be proud of. Seize the initiative! (Hope is returning!)
2.
We're Not Evolved Mass-communication Rolling news Mass-immigration The world wide web We're not evolved Specialised production Post-Fordism Diversification Bewitched by choice We're not evolved We Are Not Evolved
3.
Occupation 03:13
Occupation I'm not dancing I don't wanna run the risk You smashed up my disco This ain't San Francisco I've got this fixation Gonna end yr occupation You built a wall You bombed a school You broke it up, broke the peace treaty Where's yr solidarity I've got this fixation Gonna end yr occupation Stifled my personality Brought into question my nationality Question everything I've got this fixation Gonna end yr occupation
4.
Nice Guy 03:12
Nice Guy You didn't hold a knife in a dark alley-way You said all the right things, yr just a nice guy Asked some questions, missed some cues No yr not a rapist mate No yr not a rapist You tell yrself that You felt entitled, its not yr fault She was beautiful, she didn't say no exactly If we frame it right, you were too nice No yr not a rapist mate No yr not a rapist You tell yrself that You were too nice You piece of shit No yr not a rapist mate No yr not a rapist You tell yrself that
5.
White Men 03:08
White Men In the White House there's a Nazi On the streets there's Nazis The alt-right are Nazis Can't you see oh can't you see? This is the hand This is the hand The hand that takes White faces on teevee Hold a mirror up to me Privilege runs thru me Its so easy so damn easy This is the hand This is the hand The hand that takes
6.
Rinse and Repeat Like my product I made it just for you Everyone else too Especially for you Buy something! Feel better? Do it again! I tailor products My suit is tailored My tailor buys buys buys my product Buy something! Feel better? Do it again! Endless cycle Rinse and repeat Buy something! Feel better? Do it again! There's no escape!
7.
The City is Dead My mind no longer runs free Trapped in the shadow of property In our face but we don't see Does anyone notice the human debris? The city is dead and so are we Can't afford to eat but I've got a degree Sell my rebellion back to me They plant their future with corporate seeds Time to scrump their money tree The city is dead and so are we Billboards sneer at our poverty Buy up their culture with dead eyed glee Sold our future for a cup of coffee Give us a go on yr fixie The city is dead and so are we
8.
Glass House 04:50
Glass House I live in a glass house I don't throw stones I live in a nice house I don't throw stones There's a wire in my suit They watch me at my job I don't throw stones They watch me at my home I don't throw stones There's a wire in my suit
9.
One Man Terror Dance When we bleed we bleed We all bleed the same Led by crooks and thieves Under Tory reign We create conditions That breed resistance Our wars are coming home We threw the first stone Our wars are coming home When they take we lose We all lose the same Led by moneyed thieves Under Tory reign We create conditions That breed resistance Our wars are coming home We threw the first stone Our wars are coming home
10.
Herded 03:15
Herded Here in the dawn light Everyone is pin-striped I'm late or something I'm hating something Suave cunts Rooting for their Oysters I'm late or something I'm hating something Commute! Were we born to be herded? The fog, the cage Panic attacks and rage I'm late or something I'm hating something Boils of fury Floating over commerce I'm late or something I'm hating something Commute! Were we born to be herded?
11.
Capital 04:04
Capital Debt slave Capital Capital, a world of images The tail of the snake that eats itself
12.
Lambrini Anarchist Economic working class Cultural middle class Lets not split hairs That's not very fair Here's their tool Divide and rule Champagne socialist Prosecco communist Lambrini anarchist It's all the fucking same Economic working class Cultural middle class The landscape shifts We work long shifts We don't want charity We need solidarity Champagne socialist Prosecco communist Lambrini anarchist It's all the fucking same

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released November 1, 2019

Tommy Vincent - vocals and guitar
Stu Chaney - bass and vocals
Sam Luck - drums and percussion
Vicky Tremain - saxophone
Backing vocals by Jo Hater, Emu Ottley, Wren Attwell, and Eloise Roxanne
Engineered and produced by Mark Roberts
Mastered by Tim Rowkins
Additional material by S. Crouton
Management by Hooligan D
PR by Wall of Sound
All songs written by Austerity

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Austerity Brighton, UK

Austerity are a three-piece post-punk band from Brighton (UK)

Citing XTC, Scritti Politti and Wire as influences, but frequently compared to Gang of Four, A Certain Ratio and Fugazi... Austerity's sound is a high-octane collision of swaggering bass & drum grooves, scratchy, chaotic guitar and snarling vocals, spitting bile on complex political ideas, but always remaining rooted in everyday life. ... more

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